"Young adults often encounter mixed messages about vocation from their families, friends, and churches. On the one hand, they are encouraged to look at their gifts and passions to discern their particular calling; on the other hand, they are told that God may ask something of them that they don't want to do or aren't prepared for. The discontinuity between these messages has led to frustration for many. Seeking to ease that frustration with this book, this book carefully distinguishes between 'missional calling,' 'direct calling,' and 'general calling.' It clarifies the relationship between gifts, passions, and vocation even as it offers practical guidance for the process of vocational discernment. This is a book for those who want to use their time, energy, and abilities faithfully as they move with purpose toward the future"--Book's jacket.
This book is a compilation of information about the call to ministry and the avenues the United Methodist Church offers to embody that call. It is based in the concept of servant ministry and servant leadership presented by the Council of Bishops.
"After fifty years of monastic life, prayer, and spiritual direction, this book's author knows what it means to listen with the ear of one's heart to the Holy Spirit. In Discernment Matters, she shares what she has learned. This book is a resource for those who want to learn and practice discernment as taught by the early monastic tradition. It includes an accessible summary of teachings about discernment from monastic traditions of late antiquity, consideration of important tools for making decisions today, and practical examples from the lives of St. Benedict and St. Patrick, as well as from the experience of monastics today"--Publisher's description.
Provides insight into the key components of the minister’s duties. Discusses how the thread of theology must be distinctly woven through the disciplines of biblical exegesis, ministerial leadership, spiritual formation, counseling, preaching, and worship.
In many Christian congregations, debates over the ordination and ministry of women create hurtful and debilitating divisions among believers. This book leans into those inhospitable places by inviting readers into a process of discernment that intends to lead them, and women especially, into a fresh awareness of their sacred calling to a ministry of the gospel.